The introduction of the physical Nintendo Switch versions of Ori and Blind Forest as well as Ori and Will of the Wisps went hand in hand with an initiative by developers, publishers and distributors. It has borne fruit.
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Moon Studios, iam8bit, Skybound Games, and Just For Games announced that they have raised $ 58,000 for the Rainforest Trust Association. This corresponds to 5% of the sales of both Ori in boxes on Nintendo Switch in the period from December 8 to 13, 2020.
This sum, along with iam8bit’s promised $ 25,000, the very first game, will help preserve endangered tropical habitats, including wildlife. The advantages are enormous: More than 11,735 hectares of tropical forest are protected by the Rainforest Trust. As the following infographic explains, this corresponds to 14 times the area of the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.
Jon Gibson and Amanda White, owners of iam8bit, congratulate each other:
Ori and the Will of the Wisps for Nintendo Switch is iam8bit’s very first game as publisher. We thought the best way to spend the game’s marketing budget would be to make a positive impact by getting things done. Working with Moon Studios on editing the Ori series for Nintendo Switch, we were impressed with their commitment to showing nature as alive, breathable, and worthy of protection. Following their example, we wanted to be committed to protecting nature and we are excited to be able to achieve this by working with the great people at Rainforest Trust.